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A Deficit Of Decency [Hardcover]

By Zell Miller (Author)
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The Georgia politician identifies a broad spectrum of issues, ranging from media and sports role models, to the justice system, to the decline of traditional Christian values of the family, responsibility and sacrifice, in which an absence of decency is threatening the essence of American values and aspirations. 100,000 first printing.

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Studio: Stroud & Hall Publishers
Pages   268
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6.75" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   1.15 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2005
Publisher   Stroud & Hall Publishers
ISBN  0974537632  
ISBN13  9780974537634  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! ZELL MILLER began his career in public service in 1959 with a term as mayor of Young Harris, Georgia. In 1960, he was elected to the Georgia Senate at the age of 28. In 1974, he won the first of four consecutive terms as Georgia's lieutenant governor. Then in 1990, Miller ran for governor and won the first of two terms he would serve as the state's top leader. From 2000 through 2004, he served as a United States Senator for the state of Georgia. After a lifetime of politics, teaching, speaking, and writing, including two New York Times best sellers, Zell Miller and his wife Shirley retired to his home in Brasstown Valley in the mountains of North Georgia. His books include The Mountains Within Me, A National Party No More, A Deficit of Decency, and The Miracle of Brasstown Valley.

Zell Miller currently resides in Brasstown Valley, in the state of Georgia. Zell Miller was born in 1932.

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Conservative perceptions from a democrat.  Aug 28, 2007
Zell Miller demonstrates outstanding courage to take a stand against the current liberal bias in his democrat party. Our nation needs more leaders like this Senator who comes from the school of hard-knocks in the mountains of northern Georgia instead of the pampered wealthy liberal lawyer types from the northeast and west coasts who insist on scuttling the very precepts upon which this nation was founded.
Zell Miller is an American Christian who has consistently shown the courage to remain true to fundamental American Christian values. Though he was raised a Democrat, and apparently remains a Democrat, he has courageously spoken and written about what he perceptively has seen as shortcomings of the Democrat party. His book entitled "A National Party No More" is at once a stinging indictment of a political party that has been overtaken by radicals and strayed to the far left of the political spectrum and, at the same time, a refreshing reminder that there are still good people like Miller who are willing to take a stand for what is right, even when that requires them to run afoul of the tyranny of the "politically correct" dogma of the Left. Indeed, there are common themes in both this new book and the older one. Both discuss how the political system has been damaged by radicalism and rudeness, and both praise the virtues of a polite approach to politics. Both should be on the "must read" list of any serious student of current day American politics. Thanks, Zell Miller, for your courage, and for the truthfulness of your books. Thanks for writing to remind all of us that American politics need not and should not degenerate into rudeness, and thanks for giving us guidance about what is the right political path to take.The Empress Project
Deficit of Decency Zell Miller   Mar 28, 2007
I first heard Zell Miller democrat, give a speech with the Republicans, to the nation. I was stunned. I looked him up. This is the democrat I knew before I decided I had to become a republican.

He referred to a speech he made on the senate floor, "Deficit of Decency" which he expected to be ostracized for. Instead, he was applauded and demand for that speech went sky high.

He wrote a book, Deficit of Decency, and I wish every American would read it. Once you do, your concepts of what is acceptable and not, will be solidified, you will stand on firm ground, and you will know nonsense, and degenerate behavior for what it is.

Wrong is not right, and evil is not to be tolerated, my moral compass is straight, and it feels good.
Historian and conservative black sheep Democrat hits the nail on the head  Jan 24, 2007
this sites book reviews have turned into a blog for political voting. Come on people, turn off the hate and rate the book honestly.

Historian and conservative black sheep Democrat Zell Miller hits the nail on the head. Short chapters with a touch of humor; quick read. He says the book is about the soul of our nation. Miller's stern words reflect a southern farmer--marine mentality. His family is his center as is evident throughout. His principles are clear: Faith in Christ is his core; he does not keep it hidden; he is not luke-warm, but on fire. He supports his words with scripture passages. There are no references.

Zell goes hog wild on issues such as: over-regulation, frivolous lawsuits, professional sports, media bias, the who's to blame game, and the worthless UN. He says: Our latest generation is going backwards; that Christian values and character are dying out; the government and people have lost their way. He paints a bleak picture, but is hopeful; "without God our nation falls apart."

His chapters on tax reform, morality, duty, and values voting are excellent. His chapter on the education system is also good, but ignores the unions impact. He makes a poke at using X for Christ in Christmas. Not sure that there is anything wrong with this, for is it not the Greek sign for Christ?

Does Zell deserve the chastisement received by his fellow democrats? He has been written off as a kook. Joe Lieberman is another man that comes to mind. This is shameful. Democrats are straying farther and farther from their principles, motivated only by partisan politics and getting elected; fed by special interest (the Republicans are not immune). Miller's support of Bush has been a thorn in the Democrats side. Until he sees changes in his party he will continue to support who best fits his values.

"The politicians are influenced by lobbyists and special interest groups." "They are perhaps the greatest threat to our liberty and freedom."

On consuming: I believe his point is materialism (keeping up with the Jones's) and I hope that is what our President has meant in his speeches. "What's wrong with being a nation of consumers?" "Buying more means spending more, spending more means earning more, earning more means working more, working more means being at home less, being at home less means being with children less, and that means less time helping them with homework, less time for eating meals together, less time for volunteering somewhere together, less time to worship together."

Wish you well

A Revelation Of The Heart Of The Author  Jan 18, 2007
This book reveals the heart of Zell Miller, the former governor and senator from Georgia. It shares his concern for his country. In the preface, he mentions that each generation in America has made an improvement to our nation, with this generation being the first to do the opposite, and he wants to stop this decline.

I am impressed with Zell Miller. This book excited me as I read the preface and the first three chapters. In this section, he introduced the theme of decency being in decline in the nation, and that the D.C. following Washington can stand for "Don't Care".

The next segment is auto-biographical, and deals with the time after he wrote his first book, "A National Party No More: The Conscience of a Conservative Democrat." This includes throwing in his support for President Bush, his speech at the Republican National Convention, and the aftermath. I found this transition from the expostional to the biographical distracting. Additionally, while I understand completely why he would relate his unpopular and costly stand for Bush to his theme of decency, I also realize some would say this has nothing to do with decency and others would even say that the decent thing to do is to oppose Bush and the Iraq War.

The next two sections deal with the lack of decency in, respectively, policies of the government (especially the liberal positions) and in the private sector (bad role models in rap music and athletes, for example). He is on target, but he is repeating information that has been written about prior and since. (I have also recently read Bill O'Reilly's "Culture Warrior" and Juan Williams' "Enough", and see a lot of common themes between those two books and this one.)

This book has helped me appreciate Zell Miller. Could this book have been done better? I think so. But that does not invalidate the many, many good points made in this book.

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